Numerous student clubs and initiatives exist at Desautels
At the undergraduate level, the MUS has a number of student clubs that allow students to explore sustainability outside of the classroom.
Desautels Sustainability Network
Based out of McGill and the Management Undergraduate Society, the Desautels Sustainability Network seeks to connect students, professionals, and faculty members interested in sustainability as a profitable opportunity for businesses. Through various events, DSN aims to break silos between faculties, connecting Montreal’s professional community with students.
Desautels Business Conference on Sustainability
The Desautels Business Conference on Sustainability targets some of the brightest students from universities across North America to gather a multilateral perspective on issues related to sustainability. DBCS 2019 will gather experts and Montreal students to discuss the benefits of sustainability in multidisciplinary forums and various business fields.
MyVision is an enterprise and movement of young people accelerating and incubating social business. The McGill chapter serves as McGill University’s social business base and aims to inspire McGill students to look into the field of social business, and to create social businesses that will help solve challenges in the Montreal community.
Graduate students also have the opportunity to be involved in sustainability-centred clubs.
Net Impact McGill Chapter: Net Impact is a non-profit organization that empower students and young professionals to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their careers. This is accomplished by providing a network and resources to inspire emerging leaders to build successful “impact careers” – either by working in jobs dedicated to change or by bringing a social and environmental lens to traditional business roles. The McGill chapter is housed in the MBA program but offers opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in the events that they sponsor.
McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Students with sustainability start-up ideas could enter almost any of the available competition tracks, including social enterprise, small and medium enterprise, and innovation driven.
Dozens of cross-campus opportunities through SSMU
McGill has an extensive network of student and community groups working on all aspects of sustainability. Whether organizing campus initiatives, planning events or overseeing integration of sustainable activities in the University, these committees, groups and departments are integral to a sustainable McGill.
McGill Office of Sustainability
The McGill Office of Sustainability provides the strategic guidance, support, and resources to transition McGill into an institutional model of sustainability for society. In partnership with students, staff, and faculty, we advance McGill’s vision for sustainable research, education, connectivity, operations, and governance.
- Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: On February 10-11, 2017, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), CREATE in Green Chemistry, and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), co-hosted the fifth annual workshop and case competition on Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry. The event included a public lecture on "Financing and Commercializing Sustainable Solutions" outlining the innovative potential sustainability has on guiding product design and investment decisions. Howie Honeyman, CEO Forward Water Technologies, holds over 20 years of experience commercializing advanced materials and new technologies in both start-up environments and at large multi-national corporations. Mr. Honeyman described from experience the challenges and opportunities which exist for commercializing green chemistry, materials, and engineering processes. Adrian Horotan is the General Partner at Safer Made - a venture fund investing in companies and technologies that create safer alternatives for people and the environment. His talk focused on the capital and investor attention required to bring safer product innovations to market. View full video from the public lecture
- Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: On January 22-23, 2016, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), CREATE in Green Chemistry, and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), jointly hosted the fourth annual workshop and case competition on Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry. The 2016 event featured a public lecture on "Green Chemistry and Biomimicry: Towards More Sustainable Products through Inspiration from Nature and Innovation in the Laboratory" by Dr. Amy Cannon, Executive Director of the Beyond Benign Foundation. More information on the event
- Sustainability Careers with Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director of Sustainability for Office Depot: On March 17-18, 2016, Yalmaz Siddiquie, BCom '92 and Senior Director of Sustainability of Office Depot Inc., visited his alma mater to impart his knowledge and lessons learned through leading global sustainability efforts. He spoke in several Desautels classes, a special sustainability careers mentorship luncheon, and as a keynote speaker for the Desautels Business Conference on Sustainability. More information on Mr. Siddiqui's visit and his advice to students for sustainability careers
- Integrity in Governance - Global Capitalism in the Long Run: On May 19, 2016, Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Co., and Christopher Ragan, Associate Professor in Economics at McGill and Chair of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission took part in a leadership dialogue as part of the Integrated Management Symposium Series. The two highly-regarded thought leaders discussed integrity in governance and global capitalism in the long-run. The discussion touched on a wide range of topics, including industry's role in climate change, Canada's business relationship with Asia, opportunities in infrastructure investment and ethical challenges in regulating the sharing economy. Read more and view video from the event
- Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: On January 16-17, 2015, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), CREATE in Green Chemistry, and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), jointly hosted a workshop and case competition on Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry. Now in its third installment, the event featured public lectures by McGill’s own Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals, Dr. Robin Rogers, as well as Dr. Eric Beckman, Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh. More information on the event
- Presentation on Risk Management and the Game-Changing Role It Can Play for Green Chemistry: On March 25, 2015, Professor Timothy Malloy, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, visited McGill for a special lecture series to McGill MBA, MBA-Law, and Chemistry students. Malloy lectured on the limitations and caveats of the risk management premium and brought his legal perspective to the role that regulatory measures can play on firm decisions. Highly engaging, the visit offered McGill students and faculty the opportunity to gain a cross-border perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by the chemical industry and companies wishing to transition towards more sustainable alternatives.
- Presentation on the sciences of endocrine disruption and TiPED: In May, the MDIIM and the McGill Chemistry Department welcomed Dr. Pete Myers (CEO of Environmental Health Sciences) and Dr. Karen Peabody O'Brien (Executive Director of Advancing Green Chemistry) to discuss EDCs and to spark interdisciplinary conversations around green chemistry. This event was open to the McGill community. Learn more about it here.
- Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: In September, the MDIIM held a 2-day event in partnership with the McGill Chemistry Department (NSERC CREATE). The 2nd Sustainable Innovation event brought together 10 MBA students from the Desautels Faculty of Management and 10 chemistry students from McGill and Queen's University. Public lectures by David Constable (Director, ACS-GCI), who presented on "Innovating Towards Sustainability in Chemistry: It's a Business Imperative" and Lynn Leger (Director, ALCERECO), who presented on "Sustainable Innovation: The Most Frustrating and Rewarding Experience You Will Hopefully Ever Have", were open to all and followed by participant-only presentations by green chemistry experts from both McGill and Queen's. This case competition provided opportunities for MBAs and chemistry students to build a network of potential collaborators in business and chemistry and the chance to win a cash prize. For more details on the public lectures, click here.
- The Emergence of Green Chemistry as an Occupational Change Project: In November, the MDIIM and the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Entreprise (John Molson School of Business, Concordia University) welcomed Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Associate Professor of Management at Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. Professor Howard-Grenville presented "The Emergence of Green Chemistry as an Occupational Change Project" before an audience composed of students, staff, faculty and the general public. This event was open to the McGill and Concordia communities. Learn more about the event here.
- Highlights from Canada's 2011 December Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development: In February, the MDIIM welcomed Scott Vaughan, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General of Canada. This event was co-organized with McGill School of Environment. For more information, click here.
- Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: In September, the MDIIM held a 2-day event in partnership with the McGill Chemistry Department. The 1st Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry: An Interdisciplinary Workshop and Case Competition brought together 20 students from the Desautels Faculty of Management and the McGill Chemistry Department, professors from both disciplines as well as guest speakers Phil Dell'Orco (GlaxoSmithKline) and Lynn Leger (GreenCentre Canada). For more information, click here.
- "Silent Spring" event series: In September, the MDIIM collaborated with both the McGill Chemistry Department and the McGill School of Environment for a series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Silent Spring". First, an interdisciplinary discussion panel titled Reflecting on Silent Spring: Insights for Contemporary Organizations lead by guest speaker Dr. Linda Lear (historian and Rachel Carson biographer) featured students and professors from the Desautels Faculty of Management and the McGill Chemistry Department. For more information, click here. This was followed by a public lecture, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, also featuring historian and biographer Dr. Lear. For more information, click here. To view lecture, click MSE podcast here.
- The End of Growth Tour, An evening with David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin: In October, the MDIIM co-sponsored The End of Growth Tour, An evening with David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin, with the McGill Bookstore, the Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (ISEAD) and the McGill Alumni Association. Learn more about the details of this event here.
- Interdisciplinary Panel on Green Innovation: In November, in collaboration with the MUS Sustainability Network, the MDIIM held an interdisciplinary professor panel on green innovation, featuring McGill management, chemistry and engineering professors. For more information, click here.
- Exploring the Intersection of Business, Sustainability and Green Chemistry: In June, the MDIIM Director, Professor Steve Maguire, co-organized with R. Peoples (American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute) a workshop bringing together a mix of 16 participants (social science scholars and green chemistry practitioners) to identify academic priorities as well as concrete mechanisms for promoting the commercialization of green chemistry innovations. [Washington, DC]
- Business Sustainability and Green Chemistry: In October, the MDIIM organized and hosted an international interdisciplinary workshop on Business Sustainability and Green Chemistry.
- Exploring the Intersection of Business, Sustainability and Green Chemistry: Towards Actionable Research and Teaching Agendas: In October, the MDIIM Director, Steve Maguire, co-organized with R. Peoples (American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute) a workshop bringing together 26 participants representing a mix of social science scholars and green chemistry practitioners to identify academic priorities as well as concrete mechanisms for promoting the commercialization of green chemistry innovations. [Montreal, QC]